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Podcasts and Video Clips


To listen online to dialogs on TMS by Dr. Schechter and other experts in the field via streaming audio in your Web browser, just click on any of the podcast titles below. (This presumes that you have an MP3 player program, e.g., Windows Media Player, Apple QuickTime, etc. on your computer and configured to run within your Web browser.)

For instructions on downloading these Podcasts for later listening, click here, or scroll to the end of the page.

Introduction to Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS)
(Podcast 1, 7 min. 50 sec., 7.4 MB)

In this podcast, SMI Foundation Coordinator Arthur Smith, PhD, interviews Principal Investigator David Schechter, MD, to present the basic theory and practice of diagnosing and treating TMS.

Case Studies in Psychological Treatment of TMS
(Podcast 2, 21 min. 30 sec., 20.1 MB)

In this podcast, SMI Principal Investigator Schechter discusses case studies with Arlen Ring, PhD, a psychologist with extensive experience in psychotherapeutic treatment of TMS.

What is Involved in Treating TMS: The Theory and Practice
(Podcast 3, 17 min. 31 sec., 16.5 MB)

In this podcast, SMI Principal Investigator Schechter discusses with Dr. Ring how psychotherapy works in treating TMS.

Psychotherapy for Chronic Pain: It Really Can Help
(Podcast 4, 18 min. 1 sec., 16.9 MB)

In this podcast, SMI Principal Investigator Schechter continues the discussion of psychotherapy for TMS with Donald Dubin, MFT, a psychotherapist who has been treating TMS for more than a decade.

Case Studies in Psychological Treatment of TMS and Its Equivalents
(Podcast 5, 19 min. 44 sec., 18.5 MB)

In this podcast, SMI Principal Investigator Schechter discusses more case studies with Donald Dubin, including cases of "TMS equivalents," i.e., conditions besides chronic pain that have the same psychological cause.

YouTube® Video Clips

Click on the photos below to view some brief, introductory videos on TMS by Drs. Schechter and Smith.

Drs. Schechter and Smith

Dr. Schechter Dr. Smith


Podcast Download Instructions

For better control of your listening experience, you may want to download the audio files to your computer to play them back later, in which case, do the following. (Again, these procedures presume you have an MP3 player on your system, or a way to load the podcast onto your iPod® or other MP3 player):

Windows® Users

  1. Right-click on the podcast title.

  2. From the pop-up menu, choose "Save Target As..." (Internet Explorer®) or "Save Link As..." (Mozilla Firefox).

  3. Choose a folder on your computer to save the MP3 file.

  4. Double-click on it or open it from your MP3 player to play.

Macintosh® Users

  1. While holding down the Option key, click on the podcast title to download the MP3 file in Download Manager.

  2. If needed, drag the file from the Download Manager destination folder (usually the Desktop) to the folder where you want to keep it.

  3. Double-click on it or open it from your MP3 player to play.

To Download from iTunes® (Mac and Windows®)

If you would like to store these podcasts in iTunes® with your other podcasts, do the following:

  1. Open iTunes.

  2. From the list on the left side, choose the Podcasts category.

  3. From the main menu, choose Advanced.

  4. From the drop-down menu, choose Subscribe to Podcast....

  5. In the dialog box that appears, enter the URL: and click OK.

  6. The Podcast title "TMS MindBody Medicine Podcasts" should appear, with an orange dot to the left.

  7. Wait until the orange dot turns blue, to indicate that the download of the first podcast is complete.

  8. Click on the little triangle to the immediate left of the title to expand the list.

  9. Our three podcasts should appear below, with the first one checked as downloaded.

  10. Click the play button in the extreme upper left to play the first podcast.

  11. To download the other two, click the Get button. When the check mark appears next to a name, it is ready to play.


Special thanks to Rob W. at Podcasts 411, for his technical help on publishing podcasts, and to Avram Grossman for his tips on troubleshooting the XML code.

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